When we decorate a room, there are so many elements to consider. And while the larger pieces of the puzzle, such as furniture, rugs, and paint, could attract attention, it’s the small accents that make a room look like a living room. 

Although not always high on the list, lighting is one of the most important elements in every room. And with so many new decorating styles, there are countless ways to integrate your lighting into your decor. Make sure your room is properly lit by following these instructions and instructions.

 

Lighting Dos

  • Be especially careful when planning the bathroom lighting. There are important considerations that apply to the bathroom and do not apply elsewhere in the home.
  • Use a mix of workspace, ambient and accent lighting in every room.
  • Use a combination of table lamps, floor lamps, sconces and ceiling lights. You do not have to have everyone in every room, but it should be at least two.
  • Choose the right lampshade for table lamps and floor lamps.
  • Follow the rules for decorating with chandeliers. More than any other type of lighting, it is really important to make the measurements correctly.
  • Use chandeliers in unexpected places like bathrooms and bedrooms. They are no longer just for dining.
  • Think of your lighting as a decorative accessory. Most lights – lights, table lamps, sconces – should look as good when turned off as they are when turned on.
  • Use soft ambience in your bedroom and study. Use friendship lamps for example, for your bedroom side table. They illuminate softer lights which will be easy on your eyes.

Lighting  donts

  • Do not  be satisfied with a ceiling light. Even in small areas such as entrance areas and powder rooms, it is advisable to have a different light source. Sconces or a small table lamp are a must.
  • Do not  ignore the importance of task lighting in workspaces like kitchen, home office and bathroom.
  • Do not  forget to add dimmers. If possible, you should add one to each light in your home. By adjusting the light, an immediate atmosphere can be created, and a slightly weaker lighting flatters everyone
  • In a traditional room, do not use external track and recessed luminaires. It looks too new and stands out like a sore thumb.
  • Do not ignore the importance of light bulbs. Avoid something too fluorescent or too yellow. A clear white light is always best. If it is too bright, the dimmer is handy.

 

See also: 10 Styling Secrets for a Great Looking Home

 

 

Best Tips for Installing Retrofit Recessed Lights

Recessed lights are sleek, clean and an advantage for any modern home. However, recessed lighting can be difficult, dirty and tiring as you work with your arms above your head. To make matters worse, you often fight against lights that do not want to stay securely on the ceiling. Use these tricks and hacks to make your retrofit light installation faster and smoother. The end result will be an attractive recessed luminaire that provides a stable, reliable light for your home.

Buy recessed lights that stay in place

Recessed lights are held by clips that snap into the ceiling. A good recessed luminaire, which firmly locks into your ceiling and remains safe, is extremely valuable. Poorly designed lights come off and fall off when someone goes to the floor or even when a door closes. Lights that require more time to push and fix in place are a huge waste of time. Therefore, when buying lamps online, you should spend time evaluating and watching your eyes for comments on clips and whether lights are staying up or falling down.

A trick for the stay of recessed lights is not relying on the recessed light clips during installation to pull the luminaire housing into the ceiling. Instead, you should provide the thrust by placing your gloved hand in the lamp and pressing firmly upwards. When the light is flush with the ceiling, snap the clips down with the other hand.

Plan well to avoid patching holes

Patching accidental holes often slows down the installation process by hours. Plan well and smartly, think about the cable routing, the correct placement of the lights and the creation of an attractive light pattern. If you reject the planning, you will find that dry patching, mudding, sanding, priming and painting are additional levels of work that are far worse than planning. If you create an intelligent lighting plan in good time, you will get better recessed lighting and save work.

Cut out all ceiling holes at the same time

It can be tempting to cut a hole, wire it and place the light and then go to the next one. This can work with more accessible items such as power outlets. Considering the amount of work involved in cutting into the ceiling construction, it is best to do all the cutting at one go. Wear safety goggles, respiratory protection or a dust mask and a hat. Cut all holes at once and clean the work area. Then you can dust off and do the cleaner job by connecting the electrical cables to the recessed lights.

Cut the holes to tight tolerances

Recessed luminaires have very small diameter tolerances. If you even cut the ceiling hole a little too big, there is a risk that the luminaire housing slips. If you cut the hole too small, it can be difficult to extend the hole without damaging the ceiling. The saying “measure twice, cut once” applies to holes for drywall ceilings. Use the manufacturer’s paper template for recessed lighting. Then check the dimensions of your ceiling saw and check it again. Cut the hole exactly in the line that you draw with your pen to the ceiling. Make no deviation of 1/8 inch, otherwise the light may fall in or the light may fall out.

Achieve the ceiling drywall with the ceiling saw

Adjustable hole saws are good, but not perfect. While hacksaws are capable of carving a nice circle, they can sometimes cut a jagged hole as you cut through the entire path. A trick is to use both the ceiling saw and the jigsaw. Cut the drywall paper with the ceiling saw. Then go back with the jigsaw and complete the circle. This simple trick will give you a perfect circle every time.

Work as much as possible on site

When you work on the ladder, your energy is released faster than on the ground. The more time you spend on the ladder, the higher your risk of falling and getting injured. A trick that relieves the legs and neck is to do as much work as possible on the floor and not on the ladder. If the weather is favorable, you can even go outside for some work. B. cable clamps in the boxes. Activities such as wire stripping and cable tearing should be done best from the ladder. Store your ladder work only for the moments when you need to make the final connections or push the light into the ceiling.

Count the cables before placing the light

Electrical cables can reposition your light in ways you do not intend to do. Normally, one or two electrical cables lead into your recessed light. These cables are so strong that they make it difficult to place the light inside the ceiling hole. Hold the light with one hand and form the cable in the form of an accordion with the other hand. This makes the cable more flexible when you push the light into the hole.